Commerce Secretary Patricia Moulton was far too busy to comment on the sudden, unexplained departure of Gene Fullam as head of Vermont’s EB-5 office, but she did manage to make time for a live interview on Thursday’s “Vermont Edition.” Subject: EB-5.
Inexplicably, host Jane Lindholm didn’t ask about Fullam’s departure. A deal, perhaps?
UPDATE 7/23: Got this Tweet from Lindholm:
— Jane Lindholm (@JaneLindholm) July 23, 2016
Immediately preceding Moulton was State Auditor Doug Hoffer, who’s been critical of the grant programs administered by her agency. Among other things, he pointed out that it’s impossible to prove whether the state grants actually create economic activity that wouldn’t exist in their absence.
And then Moulton came on and admitted that those programs operate on the honor system. Regarding the Vermont Economic Growth Initiative, she said:
… we believe the CEOs, when they sign an application, that the material is true and correct.
Aww. Isn’t that sweet. “We believe the CEOs.”
Because a CEO would never lie to us.
Moulton is heading off to serve as temporary president of Vermont Technical College. I can only hope she brings the same philosophy to her new post.
Students applying for financial aid? No need to do income verification; we believe them!
Presumably she’ll abolish time sheets for hourly employees, because we can take their word for it. Right?
And why stop there? Let’s export this principle to other areas of government. For instance, we could save a boatload of money on bureaucracy if we stopped checking on the eligibility of welfare recipients. Because we can simply believe them!
Or perhaps not. Perhaps we can only place our trust in corporate executives. In which case we could stop auditing road-construction contracts, because surely those contractors can be trusted to fulfill their obligations.
And hey, the Corrections Department can stop bothering to oversee that for-profit prison that’s housing some of our inmates. Because, in the words of Pat Moulton,
“We believe the CEOs.”
Good God in heaven.